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Pro Interview: Infinity’s Marc Rheinard [RACE WATCH]

Pro Interview: Infinity’s Marc Rheinard [RACE WATCH]
Marc may have switched chassis sponsors, but his signature driving style and livery is easy to spot on the track.

Marc may have switched chassis sponsors, but his signature driving style and livery is easy to spot on the track.

Marc Rheinard and the Tamiya Raceway have a long history, and now includes six Reedy TC Race of Champions titles.

Marc Rheinard and the Tamiya Raceway have a long history, and now includes six Reedy TC Race of Champions titles.

Sponsors: Infinity, Much More, Tonisport, Xpert, Arrowmax, Axon, Protoform, LMR, Volante, MPE, MR33, Team TD, Creation Model.

 

RC Car Action: You just set the record for wins at the Reedy Race, what makes this race so unique for you?

Marc Rheinard: I like the heads-up racing with no qualifying. Everyone races and starts from different places on the grid. I love racing and battling on the track and make some moves- it’s something special.

You’ve raced touring cars for a long time. What’s changed since when you started?

The biggest change was when we went from brushed to brushless motors and sub-C cells to LiPo batteries. I think it made it cheaper and easier for everyone.

So there’s less prep and costs?

Yeah, you don’t have to work and prepare your motor every run- no new brushes… Like every race we used to use a new battery pack every run. Now we can use the same battery pack all year and it’s fine.

Is the Tamiya Raceway your favorite track to go to?

For this kind of format, yes definitely. There’s nice 180 spots to overtake someone. I mean I like bigger tracks with nice flowing layout, but for the Reedy Race, it’s the best.

What do you like about the Tamiya Raceway that sets it apart from other tracks?

The passing spots for sure. The hairpins you can dive in. For this racing style, the size is perfect. It’s small and if you crash, you can still come back. On a big track, if you crash you can’t some back. This is also a hard track and many people crash, so coming back happens a lot, that’s the main thing.

You’re known for your smooth, clean lines. Why do you think that is?

I don’t know, I think it’s just the way I drive. When I first started racing, I started with the Tamiya Cup. I started with a Tamiya front wheel drive M-chassis and you needed to have smooth driving. I think I took this driving style to modified as well.

If you were going to give advice to someone getting in to racing, what would it be?

Start with something like a Tamiya Cup car and don’t go straight to the modified car class. Just build up your driving style and later you can go to the modified stuff. Everyone likes to use the power, but to get good you should start with someone easier and go from there.

Updated: June 19, 2017 — 10:55 AM
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